Personal touch brings home message of Remembrance
As Remembrance Sunday approaches, students at The Radclyffe School have taken an innovative approach to learning about the sacrifices made in conflicts.
Taking all the surnames of 200 teaching and other staff throughout the school, soldiers with the same names were found who had lost their lives in the First World War.
The details of all the soldiers have been displayed around the school, including their regiments, when they died and, where known, where they are buried. Students have been discovering these details to improve their skills in history research, in the same way that people can make ‘Grave Walks’ in the battlefields of northern France and Belgium.
Teacher of Humanities Amanda Jacob said, “Finding out more about individual soldiers has helped to make remembering their sacrifice very personal for our students, and when they have looked a little deeper some staff members have even discovered that they are related to their soldier.”
On Friday 9 November a special ceremony took place during the school day, which will include the sounding of the Last Post. Students have created poppy wreaths as part of a display, and within each wreath were asked to answer the question ‘Why is it important to remember?’